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International Business

An Ideal Location for International Businesses

A map illustrating why Arlington's location makes it a strong choice for international companies.

For international companies considering a U.S. office or headquarters, Arlington, VA offers a strategic East Coast location. Home to Reagan National Airport — and within 30 miles of both Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport — Arlington offers easy access to markets representing 80% of the world's economy. 

Arlington's abundance of cultural amenities, excellent schools and rich talent pool, make it attractive to both your employees and your resource managers. Arlington is one of the most highly-educated counties in the U.S. About 75% of adults hold a Bachelor's degree and over 40% have achieved an advanced degree. School children in Arlington Public Schools hail from 149 countries and speak a total of 88 languages.

With its central location on the East Coast, along with its proximity to the nation’s capital and its policymakers, Arlington is ideally located for a U.S. headquarters. 

Additionally, international companies in Virginia enjoy the benefits of a business-friendly legislative environment and have access to a variety of financial incentives available at the state level.  


International Companies

Strategically Located

Easy Access to Wherever You Need to Go

Situated just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington's strategic location offers easy access to major U.S. cities (many within two-hour flight time) as well as destinations around the globe, with direct flights from Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.



Exceptional Support

Experienced Staff with International Know-How

Arlington Economic Development (AED) assists international companies that are interested in expanding or relocating their business to Arlington by providing a range of free services and customized information specifically targeted toward foreign-owned firms.

The professional staff members at AED are fluent in Spanish, Chinese Mandarin and Nepalese and can assist with everything from site location/touring to connections with services and strategic partners. 

Business Services

Robust Community

The Choice for International Companies of All Kinds

Approximately 50 foreign-owned companies have already selected Arlington as their base, representing everything from global headquarters for multinational firms to smaller companies opening a first U.S. office. 

For companies looking to expand into North America and the international market, Arlington, VA has the location, talent and resources to help global organizations thrive.

Foreign-Owned Firms Located in Arlington

"We only looked at Arlington when considering a new location to house NECAM’s business units. Arlington is diverse, safe and international. I could carry the same lifestyle as in Tokyo, where I could walk every place at night, go to grocery stores and restaurants, and visit movie theaters."

Mr. Shin Takahashi, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation of America

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Sindy Yeh

Senior Business Ambassador

A Certified Economic Developer with more than two decades of experience in business development and program management, Sindy can assist with any questions regarding expansion or relocation.

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